Greyhound Watch at Action For Greyhounds UK just sent us this news alert:

The K9 Magazine have reported that yesterday yet another greyhound died from an injury sustained during a race at Yarmouth stadium. The male greyhound Bluestone Lane received a broken femur as was put to sleep; his owner, Anne Cossey stating “If there had been anyway, I would have saved him, but I don’t really want a three legged dog… you know if people see a three legged greyhound up the road its not a very good advert is it?”

This is the third greyhound that Mrs Cossey has lost through injury, he was only two and a half years old.

K9 Magazine report that: “the average age for a dog to retire from racing at Yarmouth is just 3 years, 5 months and the average number of races completed is 48.

Due to injury, however, many greyhounds will see far fewer races and safety at Yarmouth has been a contentious issue for many years with trainers describing the track as both “diabolical” and an “absolute tip.””

The reasons for the injuries sustained at Yarmouth and many other stadia is reported to be: “An inconsistent surface (said to be due to grading and drainage) and the inside rail are given as reasons for an appalling number of injuries and fatalities.

It is, however, widely acknowledged that the character of greyhound tracks – with fast straights leading into tight bends – is the primary reason for a very high rate of injuries that can be found at all stadiums.

It is a subject that racing officials remain very tight-lipped about despite a recommendation within a Parliamentary Group report on greyhound welfare that the “industry should be required by law… to record and publish annual injuries to greyhounds on a central database.”

The main organisation collecting such data is the Racecourse Promoters Association (RCPA) who has turned down all requests for information.

The National Greyhound Racing Club (NGRC) hold figures relating to greyhounds PTS following injury but are equally guarded.

And the reason for their silence is, of course, obvious; with research indicating a five figure number for injuries incurred annually on tracks that come under the regulation of the NGRC, and hundreds of greyhounds PTS solely on economic grounds the information would prove highly damaging for the business of greyhound racing.”

To read the full article from the K9 Magazine use this LINK

A quick internet search brings up little in the way of information on greyhound injury statistics, and certainly the websites of the BGRB and NGRC display no such information. Campaign group Greyhound Action believe that “greyhounds running on British tracks sustain more than 12,000 injuries every year and 10% of dogs that race are already suffering from injuries”.

Another campaign group the International Society Against Exploitation of Racing Animals display such findings in their hard-hitting video “Greyhound Racing Accidents”, shown below.